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Marion County College Report

Two Centralia residents reuinited on the collegiate hardwood

It is not often two former Centralia athletes meet on the collegiate basketball court — especially not at four-year schools.

It has happened in the past and it happened again last week. And even though both Andy Wolff and Joey Parker call Centralia home, neither athlete graduated from Centralia High.

Wolff, who suited up for four seasons at Metro East Lutheran, currently plays for the McKendree Bearcats. In the second game of their season, the Bearcats played against Parker’s Lindenwood University Lions. Parker suited up for the CHS Orphans for three years before playing his final year for the Carbondale Terriers.

McKendree won the team battle 73-62 and both Parker and Wolff started and scored eight points. Wolff also had six assists and four rebounds, and Parker finished with two steals.

"Even though we did not suit up together, Joey and I knew of each other in Centralia," Wolff said. "He ran the offense very well. Lindenwood is a great team and they will get even better."

"Andy sees the floor very well and makes excellent passes," Parker said of his Centralia counterpart. "McKendree sets great screens and they have a great deal of size."

The game featuring Lindenwood and McKendree may have only been the beginning. If the first two weeks are any indication, the season should be a great one for both teams.

Wolff was one of the players that helped Harry Statham earn his 1,000th win. The historic win occurred on Friday night as McKendree dumped East-West University 79-49. Wolff finished with five points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals in the rout.

"That was the second time I have played in front of a sold-out crowd," Wolff said. "Both times were extremely thrilling. Harry has built a tremendous program over the years."

After losing to McKendree, Lindenwood defeated two nationally ranked teams. First, they topped Robert Morris -Chicago 68-66. At the time of the contest, RMU-Chicago was ranked the top team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. To prove it was no fluke, Lindenwood then thumped Life University 95-79.

Parker did not miss a shot in the Life game, hitting both field goals and all 10 free throws to finish with 15 points. The former Orphan and Terrier player also had four assists in his 30 minutes of play.

Lindenwood is ranked 12th in the first NAIA poll and is 3-1. McKendree won its first five games and is ranked fifth in the NAIA at 5-1. ...

Matthew Shaw, a former Centralia High and Southern Illinois-Carbondale basketball player, scored 21 points for Portugal-based Illiabum during a tough 97-96 loss to Sampaense. Shaw drained 7-of-14 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws, adding seven rebounds and two assists. Of Shaw’s seven field goals, four wer from beyond the 3-point arc. Shaw was one of five Illiabum players in double figures and one of three with over 20 points. Illiabum is 0-2. ...

Cross Country

Travis Lavin, a McKendree University cross country runner, finished 18th in the American Midwest Conference Championships at Forest Park in St. Louis. The former Centralia Orphan harrier toured the 8,000-meter course in 28-minutes, 2.56-seconds to help McKendree win the team title with 33 points. William Woods University was second with 48 points. The team battle was between two teams as Park University finished third with 86 points. ...


Centralia grad Michael Fowler, a Maryville University freshman, finished with an 855 stroke count over 11 rounds this fall to finish with a stroke average of 77.73 strokes per 18 holes. His lowest round was a 70 at the Great Lakes Region Invite #1. Fowler recorded one top ten finish during the fall months. Maryville's golf team will return to action in late February or early March. ...

Salem grads Mallorie Cummings and Taylor Landers recently finished the fall portion of their golf season at Rend Lake College. Landers, a Lady Warrior freshman, played 10 rounds and finished with a stroke count of 804 for an 80.4 average. Landers finished with a low round of 74. Landers finished in the top ten of four different tournaments.

Cummings started the year with an individual win at the Rend Lake Invitational, carding a season low of 76 in the outing. She finished the fall with an 853 stroke count over 10 rounds for an 85.3 average. ...

Women's Basketball

The Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles defeated Wayne State 69-68 for their second win of the year. Former Salem Wildcat Ellen Young finished with 13 point in the victory, hitting 4-of-10 field goals, which included 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. She also had two rebounds and two steals. The Screaming Eagles also won an exhibition contest against the Indiana State Sycamores 65-48. Young finished with eight points and seven rebounds in the exhibition. USI is 2-2. ...


Greenville College won its final two games of the regular season, beating Westminster College (42-35) and LaGrange College (28-21). The Panthers are 7-2 and will play in the National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl.

In the win over Westminster on Nov. 7, former Centralia Orphan and Greenville senior Scott Schneider had three solo tackles. He had one assisted tackle in the win over LaGrange. Greenville won every game in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference-South Division.

The Victory Bowl will take place this weekend and the site is to be determined. In the next couple of days, the game site should be posted on Greenville's Website (www.greenville.edu). ...